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This is a free tutorial for creating the crochet Spiral Effect in rows for rounds. The tutorial has both photos and videos.
If you like optical illusions, you’ll love this crochet trick! The spiral effect is like an optical illusion for your crochet projects. The slanting lines make the finished product look like you twisted the rows before finishing it off. Just thinking of the swirls reminds me of ice cream or frozen yogurt.
If you want to give your projects an extra twist (get it?), try this neat effect!
In this crochet tutorial, you will learn how to crochet the Spiral Effect. It is made initially in rows and then the first and last row are sewn together to create the spiral effect in rounds. You can crochet this technique easily with as many colors as you wish, even with just one solid color.
The Spiral Effect can be used for so many different crochet creations, such as hats, bags, baskets, pumpkins, and much more. I used this technique to crochet the Stars and Stripes Bag as well as the Slouchy Spiral Hat. I am currently also working on a pumpkin version.
This tutorial is easily broken up into 2 parts. First, the photo tutorial will give you a very detailed overview of how to crochet the spiral effect step by step. And the second part is the video tutorial to either provide additional information on this crochet technique or to provide guidance for the ones who prefer video tutorials over photo tutorials.
How to crochet the Spiral Effect – Photo Tutorial
1. First, crochet a chain in the length you desire or need to for your crochet pattern. Then start in the 2nd chain from the hook and crochet single crochet’s in each chain. Ch 1, turn.
2. Next, crochet 2 sc’s in the same stitch (sc inc).
3. After that, crochet 1 sc in each st until the last 2 stitches.
4. Crochet an invisible sc decrease and finish the stitch by changing colors.
5. Next, chain 1 and turn and repeat what you did with the first color: 1 row of normal sc’s in each st, ch 1, turn, 1 sc inc, then 1 sc in each st until the last 2 sts, 1 inv sc dec while changing to the next color.
6. Repeat step 5 with as many color changes as you wish.
7. Once you reach the last color of your color set repeat, simply pick up the dropped yarn of the first color and continue with the pattern and color changes.
8. After reaching the length of your desired parallelogram or slanted rectangle to crochet the spiral effect in rows you will fold it up to make it look like it was made in rounds.
9. Simply fold up the ends such that the first and last row touch each other and sew it up using a tapestry needle and a mattress stitch or any other way to sew them together.
10. Here you can see how I sew the first and last row together to create the spiral effect.
11. After the sewing part is finished, the spiral effect shows up as it was made in rounds, although it was crocheted in rows.
Below, you can find the video tutorial to show how to crochet the spiral effect in rows to rounds.
How to crochet the Spiral Effect – Video Tutorial
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